John Wehmiller - Photography

John Wehmiller John Wehmiller began using his camera early in his life under the tutelage of his father, Fred Wehmiller, an inventor and avid photographer.  As a child traveling with his family throughout North America and Europe, John was nurtured by his father’s passion for sighting and recording with his camera.  At home in St. Louis, he spent hours at his father’s side absorbing techniques, wisdom and the magic of the darkroom.  As the father of two sons, Wes and Abe, John passed along his love for travel punctuated by ritual “curiosity stops” to appreciate an instant when the light and the landscape and the family’s arrival at that particular time would crystallize in a moment no longer measured by the march of time, but known by its presence and a timing of its own.

In 1967 Wehmiller attended a workshop with photographer Paul Caponigro whose thoughtfulness and peaceful images have had a profound and lasting influence on Wehmiller’s work.  Caponigro wrote about his own work words that speak to all of us more urgently today:

“Who has the time today, really the time, to grow, to unfold, and to develop in an activity or even to contemplate properly what others are doing?  Life ought to be lived more like harmonious music.  The pressures of hastening things, of skimming superficially, only destroy the sense of music.”

Wehmiller’s work expresses too the generational influences of not only his father, but also his musician/photographer son Wes.  “The stories and images of grandfather, father and son go back so far and forward just as far” writes Paula Lawrence-Wehmiller, “as if there is no horizon.” Other influences on Wehmiller’s work include the writings and drawings of John Wesley Powell and the thoughtful photographs of Michael Kenna and Paul Kozol.

Wehmiller has fostered an enthusiasm for the beauty of the earth in generations of students at the University of Delaware where he has taught geology for over 35 years.  His work has been displayed in the Lewes Fine Arts Show, the List Gallery at Swarthmore College, the West End Gallery (Media, PA), the Photo Review and appears in collections throughout the country.

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